The Internet is so vast and uncensored that it is capable of plaguing the young minds if the parents do not play their role in making sure that the bad websites are being filtered and blocked. Unlike previous generations where they probably hide their adult magazines under their bed, all they need is a device such as smartphone, tablet or desktop computer with an Internet connection to access the hundreds of thousands freely available porn sites by clicking the “I Agree” button to comply with the displayed conditions.
We have previously introduced 10 parental control software that you can install on your Windows computer to automatically detect bad websites and block them. They are effective but most of them can be easily tampered and bypassed. On this article we will be introducing the DNS method that can be used as an additional filtering system to block out bad websites and it works perfectly with the parental control software.
Basically a DNS is used to translate a typed URL (www.raymond.cc) into an IP address (126.96.36.199), and it works very quickly behind the scenes. When you connect to the Internet, Windows will by default use the DNS server provided by your ISP unless you’ve manually changed it to a different one such as Google Public DNS. Fortunately, we have found 3 free DNS services that come with protection policies to block porn and other types of unsavory websites.
1. OpenDNS FamilyShield
OpenDNS was one of the very first to offer a public DNS service for free with the ability to block adult websites. Previously the configuration was a pain especially for users with dynamic IP address because it requires signing up an account, setting up the filtering and then installing an updater client so that the IP address is up to date. OpenDNS have come up with a new service called FamilyShield where it is pre-configured to block pornography websites by using their DNS servers.
Preferred DNS Server: 188.8.131.52
Alternate DNS Server: 184.108.40.206
OpenDNS still offers the classic service called OpenDNS Home where you get to customize the filtering by choosing the categories that you want to allow or block and also adding individual domains to whitelist or blacklist.
2. Norton ConnectSafe
Also known as Norton DNS, Norton ConnectSafe offers 3 different protection policies for free with different IP addresses. The first one is for security to block out malware, phishing and scam sites, while the second one adds the ability to block porn to the list and the last one adds non-family friendly sites such as drugs, gambling, crime, etc.
Preferred DNS Server: 220.127.116.11
Alternate DNS Server: 18.104.22.168
Security + Pornography
Preferred DNS Server: 22.214.171.124
Alternate DNS Server: 126.96.36.199
Security + Pornography + Non-Family Friendly
Preferred DNS Server: 188.8.131.52
Alternate DNS Server: 184.108.40.206
3. MetaCert DNS
MetaCert is well known for their plugin for Firefox and Chrome to protect your children from pornography. They are currently venturing in the DNS service where it has more flexibility to work on more devices rather than from just web browsers. Do note that currently MetaCert DNS is still in beta and they only have one DNS server. During testing we found that MetaCert DNS filtering fails periodically.
Preferred DNS Server: 220.127.116.11
On the next page there are another 2 family friendly DNS services and a utility you can use to try out some of these services with the click of a button.